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Clippers’ Tyronn Lue fined $35K for ‘cheating’ refs video

Tyronn Lue may have felt justified in criticizing officiating after the Clippers’ win on Wednesday, but it will cost him dearly.

The head coach was fined $35,000 by the NBA on Friday for “questioning the integrity of an official.” the league announced.

After the Clippers’ 130-125 win over the Warriors, a frustrated Lue was caught on video from outside the visitors’ locker room at Chase Center yelling, “Where are the referees now?” Cheating. That’s all they do. ”

Everything that led to that point started early in the fourth quarter and ended when Lue picked up his second technical foul, prompting an automatic ejection.


After Wednesday’s Clippers game, Tyronn Lue was fined for speaking out outside the locker room. Getty Images

The first technical foul occurred less than two minutes into the game, when Draymond Green fouled the Clippers’ Mason Plumlee and Lue got into an altercation with the officials.

Then, less than a minute later, things escalated, with Golden State’s Brandin Poziemski grabbing the rebound and slamming him to the ground by Plumlee, who was whistled for a foul and ended up with a vicious He was awarded 1 point.

And during that time, Lue was sent off for a technical foul on Jonathan Kuminga as well, and although he didn’t speak to reporters after the game, a video of him criticizing the referees was subject to a fine. It contained the necessary sufficient evidence.

After the win, which erased the nine-point deficit the Clippers were facing at the time of Lue’s exit, he high-fived players and coaches goodbye as he exited the tunnel.

Lue is the second Clippers player to be fined this week, as P.J. Tucker was fined $75,000 for “publicly expressing a desire to be traded to another team.”

“I want to be in a place where I’m needed and wanted and where I can do all of that,” Tucker, who arrived in Los Angeles as part of his deal with James Harden, told Mark Spears ahead of the Feb. 8 deadline. Told. “I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’m being cautious and even if I get bought out, I want to choose where I go and where I can play and go somewhere else.”


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When the Clippers played the Warriors, Tyronn Lue had an issue with the referees. USA TODAY Sports (via Reuters Con)

The Clippers defeated the Warriors, with James Harden scoring 26 points, Paul George scoring 24 points, and Norman Powell scoring 21 points off the bench. He raised it and surfaced. They enter the midseason hiatus holding the No. 3 seed as contenders in the Western Conference.

Los Angeles will play back-to-back road games against the Thunder and Grizzlies on Thursday and Friday, respectively, after the All-Star break.

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